The Power of the Review
WWOOFer and Host reviews are great ways to attract attention to your Profile and increase your credibility. They are an ideal way to show a proven track record with meeting or exceeding the expectations of both parties and can help prospective readers feel more comfortable in reaching out to you.
When asking your Host or your WWOOFer for a review, give them some idea of what you’re hoping they will write about. For example: What did they learn about? What was their best experience? Perhaps a description of the area, the Host Farm or the WWOOFer’s eagerness to learn, etc.
Don’t be afraid to ask for reviews. It’s always best to ask after a successful relationship has been established and while both parties have the new built friendship and the experience fresh in their minds.
Reviews can be used on your Facebook page, your website, and any other marketing avenue you choose. They are powerful motivators, a third-person description of who you are, and can offer excitement and insurance to your prospects. Honest, heartfelt testimonials have the most impact, so start compiling your reviews to help you tell the WWOOF world how great you are!
How to post a review:
WWOOFers and Hosts can post reviews on each other’s Profile pages. Simply go to the profile page of the member you wish to leave a review for. Scroll down to the bottom of their Profile page, write your review in the field below the 5 stars and click the “Submit” button. You can give someone a star rating if you like.
If you have negative feedback, please discuss this with the other Member before you make it public. No abuse will be accepted and your Profile will be disabled immediately if you act carelessly.
Some examples of reviews to date:
We had a wonderful first WWOOF experience with Jackie and David on their beautiful property. Great organic food, varied and interesting work, lovely company and fabulous location. Thank you both! You are fab. We had a really good time, learnt lots and have so many ideas for the future now. Jacqui Taleb-Bendiab
A couple of months ago I stayed with a friend on the farm of Esther and Andrew in Campania, a small village close to Hobart. Initially we wanted to stay for about a week and then go hiking to see a lot of places in Tasmania. We ended up spending about a month on the farm, because we didn’t want to leave this awesome place and people anymore. Besides a lovely accommodation in an old hut, a beautiful landscape and a quite easy access to Hobart, you will find an unbelievable lovely family on this farm. Esther and Andrew are lovely people, who know a lot about farming (especially permaculture), good vine and how to make wwoofing on their farm an unforgettable stay. After working for a couple of hours in the vineyard or garden we had a lot of time to discover the region around, go swimming or canoeing in the lake, playing with the kids, trying ourselves in traditional dances in Hobart or experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. They have 4 lively children, each of them could keep you busy all day and their working hard on doing so. But it’s so much fun to stay with those 6 crazy, but gorgeous people!
I can just warmly recommend anybody to go to Tassie to see this beautiful state and above all to find the most memorable wwoofing experience there.
Their host number: 7026 TH275, https://wwoof.com.au/members/th275/
Have hosted since 2008 over 80 wwoofers – it’s a marvelous enhancement to our farm life. Enjoyed getting to know so many wwoofers from many countries. Especially enjoy the evening games of Scrabble where it becomes evident how good their English skills truly are – far beyond their speech. I generously don’t score and let wwoofers use double the tiles to help it be more enjoyable for them – not so confronting – one night a woofer laid down the word PHENOMENAL!!! My loveliest feedback comment was from a Korean who had spent 1 month in an English school in Sydney inside at a desk – he said 1 week with me on our farm helped his English better than the costly month’s tuition. Any farm can quickly get out of hand, but with the gentle wwoofers coming through with one job at a time ticking over – the farm continues to be maintained. Would love more woofers – year after year we don’t get enough. Host VM161 Kathleen Cameron